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    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Artists Selected for Residency Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Date: May 14, 2007
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

WEST BRANCH, IOWA-- Two Iowa artists, Diane Blair Kunzler and Billie Davids, will be this year’s Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

Painter Diane Blair Kunzler of Glidden, Iowa has been featured in numerous art exhibits. She has her Master of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston. Ms. Kunzler has explored Midwestern landscapes as a subject for her artwork for twenty years. Her residency will be from July 19 to August 4, 2007.

Billie Davids is a native of Princeton, Iowa. After leaving behind artwork most of her life, Mrs. Davids started painting professionally three years ago. Her paintings capture moments of everyday American life. Mrs. Davids will be the Artist-in-Residence from September 11 through September 23, 2007.

During their residencies at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Ms. Kunzler and Mrs. Davids will be available to interact with park visitors while they work. Each will also present a public program.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

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